April 2005, Vol. 6 No. 5
Presenting AUB to the Outside World on
Film and Video
Al-Bustan Annual Festival Attracts AUB Community
Choral Concert Workshop and Guitar
Festival Held at the Assembly Hall
Civilization Sequence Program Screens Falstaff
Oleanna Play Reading: Power Dynamics and
Book Review: In the Path of Hizbullah by Ahmad Nizar Hamzeh
A Tree Grows in Hanine
Dr. Saghir’s book is available at all major libraries in Lebanon and at the Arab Scientific Publishers website: www.asp.com.lb or www.neelwafurat.com.
Dr. Nagi Saghir, clinical associate professor of medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, signed his new book, ABC of Breast Diseases: From Prevention to Treatment, at the Beirut International Book Fair, on December 6, 2004, in the presence of public officials, medical professionals, friends, and media representatives.
The book, which ranked second in sales at the fair, is the first of its kind in the Arabic language. Consisting of 44 chapters, it is written in a comprehensive and simplified scientific style and covers all medical information that every woman needs to know about the health and diseases of the breast.
The book is useful not only to women who have or have had breast diseases, but also to their husbands, relatives, and friends. It contains information related to prevention, diet, and lifestyle advice to healthy women. Nurses, physicians, and health care officials will also find it a useful reference in assisting them in the care of their patients.
Questions about fibrocystic diseases, intructions for self-examination of the breast, clinical breast exams by the doctor, and mammography are detailed with illustrations. Recent advances in medicine and surgery, methods of diagnosis, mammography, ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, core biopsy, radiation therapy, adjuvant chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy and their side effects are explained in detail.
A chapter adresses men as supporters of their wives—and as sufferers from uncommon breast cancer.
The book also includes statistics of breast cancer in Lebanon, other Arab countries, and worldwide. Saghir also recommends that all hospitals that treat breast cancer have multidisiplinary conferences called “Tumor Boards” or “Tumor Clinics”, in order for surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other physicians to meet and discuss patients’ cases. Also, he recommends that the Ministry of Health issues should licence for centers for screening mammography.
The book contains a section explaining scientific terms, another listing of scientific references as well as useful American, European, and Arabic internet sites.